Lighting: Vanuatu

Traditional lighting in Vanuatu is by no means ‘advanced’. Even to this day, most lighting in households involves the use of primitive and potentially dangerous controlled fires, in either indoor or outdoor fire pits, sconces or ceiling applications. This is primarily due to less than 30 percent of households in the Vanuatu islands having access to a power grid, but also references their devotion to tradition and strong community-based culture; fire pits can be areas of communing, gathering or worship. Where electricity is available, simple light bulbs are often crudely rigged to supply light in its most utilitarian form, without much concern to aesthetics. Another clever source of light is the use of old plastic bottles filled with water and small amounts of chemicals, that are cemented to the roofs of dimly lit buildings to supply surprisingly vivid illumination during daylight hours.

Outside of the culture itself, lighting styled of Vanuatu culture draws influence from the natural aspects of the area, such as bamboo structuring and themes of marine life and tropical living. Lighting such as this is most commonly constructed as lamps, however it can be demonstrated as sconces, chandeliers and bold outdoor lights.

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Elysian Fields Designed by Dan Funderburgh.


Elysian Fields Designed by Dan Funderburgh

Elysian Fields is a dense, intricate floral that utilizes carnivorous plants and bats instead of roses and robins. We love the irreverence of these unexpected elements within the classic stylings of the pattern work. Chose Antique Pink on Oatmeal for a soft traditional look or Licorice for some serious edge.

Flavor Paper produces wallpaper by hand screened and digital printing, sometimes both for special projects. All aspects of production are in-house, so we can maintain our exacting perfectionist standards. We use water based or eco-solvent inks to be as green as possible and only print on the finest materials. Flavor Paper quality is unsurpassed.


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Dan Funderburgh

Dan Funderburgh is a Brooklyn-based illustrator, artist, and wallpaper designer. Dan was born in Seattle and reared in the Midwest, receiving a BFA from the University of Kansas with a focus in illustration. After moving to New York in 2001, Dan established a partnership with the now Brooklyn-based wallpaper studio Flavor Paper, where his designs are hand screen printed.
The wallpapers have been featured at the Museum of Art & Design and are a part of the permanent collections of the Cooper-Hewitt and Brooklyn Museum. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

Dan’s illustrations and patterns can be found in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum, on Gravis bags and footwear, and now on watches and apparel from his recent collaboration with Nixon for their 2014 Holiday season. His designs are even hand screen printed by Brooklyn wallpaper studio Flavor Paper. He has clearly found his niche in the city that never sleeps, but what catches the eye of such a detail orientated artist? Funderburgh shares with us seven favorite Brooklyn spots.


OAK- Flooring


Grand Oak Balinese takes its inspiration from the rich and diverse culture of Polynesia and the traditional Bali sculptures throughout this beautiful and happy place. Balinese Oak features sunburnt orange and warm brown tones. The rustic colours complement dark leather Balinese furniture and light walls. Balinese Oak undergoes a special smoked process to enhance its colour, depth and natural Balinese inspired characteristics and also provides maximum durability and long-lasting use around the home.

The authentic look and feel of Grand Oak Balinese, is further enhanced by brushing the surface, in order to accentuate its natural oak grain structure. This is all done by our timber hand-crafting artists who use age-old hand tools on every individual engineered board.

Grand Oak consists of two timber layers, a hardy hand scraped European Oak timber top and a stabilizing multiple core timber base. All our oak floors are pre-finished with a tongue and groove on the ends and sides for easy installation.

Oak products come in short and long timber boards to create variety and excitement in your Grand Oak engineered floor. Some boards are clean and others feature small and large knots and grained patterns, this natural variation that provides a unique look and feel in your home. Colour will vary. Engineered boards will vary across every floor. It is this dissimilarity that gives timber its natural beauty and appeal.


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Spatial Flooring for a Dinning room


Stone Flooring for a Dinning room

The sophisticated grey-brown tones of Pietra Bronzea limestone include striking bronze metallic inclusions. The nature of the product has made it the stone of choice for leading architects and designers.
Natural stone has been an all-time favourite for flooring and other applications. There have been several innovations in tile design but new technology has not been able to take away the charm and glory of natural stone flooring.
When you combine the enormous range of colours and textures of stone with the many different cuts and edge treatments available, you have an almost unlimited number of designer options to choose from. You can then choose whether or not you want a natural, semi-gloss or gloss surface treatment. Every stone floor is a unique work of craftsmanship.
In warm and hot climates, nothing is better than stone. If you experience cooler winters in your area, it gives you the opportunity to add area rugs during the cooler months, for a seasonal decorator change. If you prefer, you can even install a heated floor for warmth on even the coldest nights.
Unlike carpet floors, which often hide allergens that can be difficult or impossible to remove, stone floors can be easily vacuum cleaned or washed. This makes them a hygienic choice.
Yes, your initial investment in a stone floor is likely to be more expensive than most of the alternatives. However, when it comes to value for money, you will discover that there are many advantages to stone floors. They will last a lifetime and add tremendous value to your home should you decide to sell. In the long run, stone flooring is one of the most cost effective investments you can make in your home.

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Polardur Brushed:

An anthracite/grey quartz-limestone with 40% quartz and 60% limestone, Polardur is highly resistant and durable with a beautiful homogeneity in color (sprinkled with occasional very art-like white quartz-veining).

Price: If it was just a small project/ order (say for just one living room), we would probably price the Pietra Bronzea (brushed or honed finish) tiles at $130+GST per squ. metre and 20mm thick honed slab at $320+GST per sqm. (slabs vary in size, current ones are 2750x1500mm).

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Artedomus is Australia’s leading supplier of unique, high quality stone, tiles, architectural surfaces, bathware and furniture for commercial and residential architectural projects. 
Founded in 1985 as Domus Ceramics, the company was built to import exclusive Italian floor and wall finishes to Australia with a focus on sourcing unique products that have a simple and natural intrinsic beauty; shunning short-term fashions and trends. With this philosophy and resulting outstanding product offering, Domus soon became a source of reference and inspiration for leading architects and designers.


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‘Pecha Kucha’ comes from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat.”

Tips to help you

Consider your Presentation Style.

Are you a presenter that tells stories and uses slides as a visual backdrop?
Do you need to prepare your presentation with detailed notes?
Are you the type that bullet points everything you need to say on a slide?
Whichever it is, you will need to be fully aware of your presentation style and keep to it.

If you are the type that likes to talk off the cuff, flowing and ebbing to the crowd’s response, the format of Pecha Kucha will make this hard. Writing everything down for fear of overrunning the 20 second per slide forma can kill your flow, as it is a struggle to switch from usual presentation technique. Referring to notes frequently can cost audience engagement.

Keep it Light.

A slide presentation should not be used as a training manual. There are just some topics that don’t work at Pecha Kucha. Explaining complex theories or scientific problems is one. It goes so fast anyway, so the heavy stuff just goes over the head. the best topics for Pecha Kucha are anecdotal stories which work great for the portfolio stories it originally started with.

In the real world, your presentation format may be in the form or a class lecture, a cozy portfolio review, or staged performance etc., regardless of what it is, be aware of how much a presentation can do before it become too much.

The Power of One.

One thing to keep strictly to when designing a Pecha Kucha presentation is that your total presentation should only communicate 1 key topic. Furthermore, each slide should be restricted to 1 point only. The key to keeping things simple is to ask “What am I trying to communicate?” and “Do I really need make this point?”

While this restriction is a must for a 20 second pace, this should be also a key requirement for presentations in the real world. Even with the opportunity of having more time to read the content on each slide.

Many presentations meander badly, or have far to many confusing bullet points on a slide. There is something to be said on the efficiency and impact of keeping slide presentations simple.

The Tale of 2 Presenters.

There are actually two presenters at every presentation; you and your slide. You really figure out the value of both “Presenters” at Pecha Kucha. You can use one to support the other, or even design the presentation in a way that when combined together they tell a much bigger story. Therefore, it is a real pity to only repeat to the audience what the bullet points on each of your slide say. Furthermore, this also means that most slide decks can be reduced by 50%.

Keep the Presentation Sharp.

In Pecha Kucha you are advised to keep the verbal element to 2-3 sentences a slide.
This also makes sense in normal presentations as well. Focus on the points you are trying to communicate and that will prevent you from rambling on more than you need to.

Pick a Topic You are Familiar With.

At Pecha Kucha always pick a topic that you are familiar with, or willing to get familiar with. When you are familiar with a topic it just rolls off your tongue naturally, especially in presentations with time constraints. Oh, don’t underestimate the value of practice, it does make perfect.

Pause for Effect

One thing that was really hard to create at Pecha Kucha was strategic pauses to let points sink in. With the rapid 20 second pace, even giving people time to laugh was almost impossible. This means you could come across like you are racing through your presentation.

This challenge makes you realise and cherish the importance of strategic pauses in a presentation. When you are now designing a presentation that has the luxury of more time, you can now use this time efficiently to drive home key points, increase audience engagement, or even as a great icebreaker.

Think, research, design:

A simple presentation format containing:

  • 20 images, each for 20 seconds
  • The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images
  • Regardless of speaker or topic, every Pecha Kucha presentation is exactly

    6 minutes and 40 seconds

  • Have FUN!

Lighting Options for Scandinavian Inspired Living


Illuminate Pendant

Contemporary, organically shaped designs in natural materials is what inspires my lighting in the Scandinavian inspired bedroom. Made from Bamboo , Linen and Cotton I find the Illuminate Pendants fit this brief perfectly.  It’s organic shape and casual appearance gives such a relaxed vibe and feel.  Soft and Feminine in the lighter tones but you can add a more masculine look with the black or grey tones.


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This light can be purchased from a company based in the Netherlands.  Product details

This light would also work well in a living  space.


Mid Century Copper Brass Pendant 

A contrast to the natural Iluminate Pendant is Copper – With such a light and cheery color, this material is perfect for a Summer home decor.  A trend that is going strong this year,  appearing in multiple interior design projects,  not only on small details of your mid-century or scandinavian furniture, but also in the stunning lighting designs.  Im not a huge fan of lots of Copper in one space but like the idea of a Neutral room with the bold use of Copper to contrast the neutral tones. Made of a polished Polycarbonate it works well in any space.


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this particular light from Temple and Webster is a replica Tom Dixon and can be purchased for $89.95

Tom Dixon Replica from Temple and Webster


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Eso Lamp

The beautiful and unique Eos lamp was designed by Soren Ravn Christensen for the Danish brand Vita. The lamp is made of white goose feathers and paper . The lamp fits perfectly in most rooms and spreads a warm, diffused light when lit.


More Scandianvian lighting designs can be found at the following sites:-


Modern Costume Designers

  • Dorothy Jeakins

A three-time Academy Award-winning costume designer, Dorothy Jeakins, got her start working on WPA projects and as a Disney artist in the 1930s. Within a very short time, Dorothy established a reputation for sense of style and an eye for colour.She was perhaps best-known for her period costumes, in such films as “The Ten Commandments” (1956), “The Music Man” (1962) and “The Sound of Music” (1965).  Her modern-dress excursions included “Niagara” (1952), “Three Coins in the Fountain” (1954), “South Pacific” (1958) and “On Golden Pond” (1981). Her chosen style specifically in the Niagara dress has the same sort of look for my modern costume design. The choice of colour and floral fabric (in Sound of Music costume design) quite captures the ideal Flamenco dress of Andalusia, Spain.

  • Catherine Martin

“As a production and costume designer for film and theatre, I know that patterns – the signature for this collection – can transform the mundane into the extraordinary. I hope my range will encourage people to be bold with their choices and courageous in their combinations of patterns and styles.” – Catherine Martin

Catherine Martin is an Australian film, stage and interior designer with 4 Oscars, 5 BAFTAs and a Tony Award among many other awards. She was inducted into the Rodeo Drive “Walk of Style” for her work on “The Great Gatsby”.  For her, detail is important because it provides the texture and the density, and it’s almost subliminal. Theatrical costumes need to work on two levels: they need to have a graphic quality that makes them read, and also the substance, the detail that fills them out. This thought extensively inspired my modern headwear design which is very rich in floral details. Also, my final costume design has very intricate details such as lace and beads – even if people can’t see the detail clearly, somehow they feel it. And I think that will be ideal in making a modern costume design to portray the culture and traditions of Andalusia, Spain.

  • Cecil Beaton

Cecil Beaton (1904 – 1980) was one of the most original and prolific creative talents of the twentieth century. Born in London and educated at Harrow and Cambridge University, he worked not only as a fashion photographer but also as a writer, artist, and actor. Beaton’s designs were predominately made for opera, ballet and theatre all around the world, including the infamous stage production My Fair Lady, with Julie Andrew. One of Beaton’s Academy Awards was won for the costume and set design of the film, My Fair Lady, starring the star of the moment, Audrey Hepburn. Beaton has always been recognised for his elegant and glamorous work with the 20th century’s greatest actors, actresses, musicians and artists.


Moroccan lighting

Moroccan-style lights have a rich, exotic history and their design sense is a mix of many cultures: African, Middle Eastern, and European. They have a rustic feel, and yet they add a sense of otherworldliness. Their pendants, lamp shades and lanterns bounce light in unique patterns around any space. Today they are a popular choice among designers due to their style and overall craftsmanship. Moroccan-style lighting is a unique work of art, so adding some into your home design can add something super special to your decor.

Moroccan lights come in wide choice of shapes and colors. The traditional Moroccan-style light uses tinted stained glass mixed with rustic tin or brass stylised metalwork. The Metal work lattice patterns can be extremely intricate and even awe-inspiring. You will discover Moroccan-style lights shaped like stars, diamonds, and even rounded-corner ovals reminiscent of balloons. Moroccan lights are not mass production items. Each piece is hand crafted by the talented artisans from the region- Morocco itself. Their life long skills passed down from generation to generation.

Henna Moroccan lamps are another style of Moroccan lantern. They use shades made of leather (often from goats or sheep) that are patterned using henna dyes. Henna Moroccan lamps also come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours- some very dramatic. The lamp shades of Henna Moroccan lamps give any rooms lighting a more subdued feel compared to stained glass Moroccan lanterns. see images below.

Moroccan lanterns have become another popular choice for lighting; adding ambience to any space. Some Moroccan lanterns are only a few inches high and are usually designed using colours- blue and amber although the colour palette varies. These lanterns are designed to hold candles and were created well before man harnessed electricity.

Moroccan-style lights are an excellent choice for design. They can bring an exotic look to any space, or they can add a sense of style to areas of the home which tend to be overlooked like staircases, floor corners, bedrooms and home entrances. Because of the wide variety of style choice the price can vary- starting at just $7.00 for a basic lantern.

Today, Moroccan lighting has become a trending favourite world wide!!!

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Scandinavian lighting


The trendy Acorn pendant lamp comes from Northern Lightning and is designed by Atle Tveit. The lamp has a stylish design inspired by the Nordic autumn forests with the shape of an acorn made of oak and aluminum.

Northern Lighting

Atle Tveit is Norwegian furniture Designer- Studio based in Oslo Norway

Materials: Aluminum and oak. 
Cord: Off-white silk. Cost AU$512



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This Danish and Scandinavian Gubi Grashoppa floor lamp comes in a dark grey and charcoal colour and was first produced in 1947 by the iconic Swedish architect Greta Grossman.

This lighting piece is designed with a tubular steel tripod stand whilst the conical shade is ball-jointed onto the arm, allowing the light to be directional. As a result, the shade can be tilted and rotated 360 degrees.

Both the lighting stand and shade are powder-coated. Switch on cord.

Designer: Greta Grossman

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Colour: Charcoal, Dark Grey, Navy.    

Materials: Brass, Metal

Cost:  $1,129.00



The unique composition of the PULL lamp provides the lamp with a unique personality that both organic and distinctively true to it’s Scandinavian design heritage. The party exposed, partly hidden cord connects the elements and provides the mechanism to adjust the position of the shade. Moving the shade not only changes the light but also the character of the lamp.

The PULL floor lamp is a Muuto icon. A perfect example of classic and simple Nordic design, given a new perspective with its playful personality. PULL has an adjustable shade that changes both the lamp’s light and its character.

MATERIAL:   Natural oak wood with white covered plastic composite

WHATSWHAT is a Stockholm based studio consisting of John Astbury, Bengt Brummer and Karin Wallenbeck. Established in 2010 they have already shown their work in New York, London, Tokyo, Paris and Stockholm, receiving international recognition for their work, winning the Muuto Talent award in 2010 and an Elle Interior Award in 2012.



Designed by TAF Architects, the WOOD table lamp offers a contemporary, all-wooden interpretation of the traditional architect lamp. Focusing on simplicity, the lamp aims to provide an alternative to other more complex products. Wood is made from high quality pine wood and can be used as a desk lamp, bedside lamp or in other settings.

Material: Pine wood, PVC cord, iron weight inside plastic socket.

TAF ARCHITECTS is a Stockholm-based design and architecture studio making International headlines within product and interior design



The COSY table lamp series focuses on the attractiveness of glass and the beauty of its changing reflections. Placing the light bulb at the centre of the design, the lamp is made with mouth-blown glass and comes with a textile chord.

MATERIALS: Smoked grey glass. Soda lime glass, transparent PVC cord with a dimmer, plastic socket and an internal clear plastic construction to secure cord and socket. Bulb not included.

DESIGNER: HARRI KOSKINEN is a leading designer from Finland and has been named designer of the year in Finland. He has also received several best product awards from around the world.


Rajasthan Fabric

The fabrics of Rajasthan are decorated with wonderful designs and vibrant colours.The ancient art of textiles in Rajasthan uses fibers like cotton, silk and wool to make attractive designs and textures. In Rajasthan, as in other parts of India, the royal ancestry inspired master-craftsmen to make the best fabrics. Rajasthani textiles discover handmade textiles that are mostly used for clothing Century-old skills carry on to produce some of the most creative textiles in Rajasthan which are admired and collected not only by experts in India but are popular all across the world. Rajasthani textiles discover handmade textiles that are mostly used for clothing Century-old skills carry on to produce some of the most creative textiles in Rajasthan which are admired and collected not only by experts in India but are popular all across the world.

Rajasthan is the heartland of hand-block printing also. Magnificent, remarkable combinations of red colours, shocking pink, purple and orange, greenish-blue and parrot green, saffron and crimson, incorporated with touches of gold and silver steal the limelight in any gathering. Rajasthan textiles are the mirror of the real core of block printing. Most of the work is done by hand only. The art of block printing and coloring is associated with home furnishing and fabric for personal wear as well. The main centers for the block printing in Rajasthan are Sanganer and Bagru. The procedure of hand block printing consist of artisans to soak carved wooden blocks in different colours and then paste them on the fabric thus creating some mystic wonder on the piece of cloth. Delicate floral prints and patterns prepared in vegetable colour is the specialty of Rajasthan block printing. The art of Khari or overprinting in gold is also broadly practiced in Rajasthan. This makes the traditional form of block printing even more attractive and fashionable in the region.

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